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Exam Review


Department
Popular Culture
Course Code
PCUL 1F92
Professor
Scott Henderson
Study Guide
Final

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Tuesday November 29, 2011
PCUL1F92 FIRST TERM
REVIEW SPECTACULAR
EXAM TIPS
Don’t get too focused on the small stuff.
Pay attention to the big picture, the smaller parts should fall into place.
**CIRCUIT OF CULUTRE** Hinted exam question
It is not a memory exam, per se, focus on using key concepts and
examples.
Consider the course as a whole.
Write in pen. Also, bring lots of pens.
** Went over exam Instructions **
Refer to course readings and lectures as appropriate.
DEFINITIONS
Select 4
Define/discuss of those in the context of understanding popular culture
in general, specific attention to relevant theories and examples form
the course.
Each answer should be two paragraphs.
One defining the term or identifying the guide,
The second explaining the relevance of this term/figure to our course
through the use of an example.
You must use a different example for each response.
Professor’s example: hegemony.
BIG PICTURE
We began by considering how we understand popular culture [what we
needed to bring to the table].
Noted there were a broad range of factors that influence any meaning.
oe.g. Phil Collins Graffiti
oMany ways of understanding it.
FAMILY GUY
Heavily relies on our Popular Culture knowledge.
Its style and structure point to the typical family sitcom.

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Use of music cues and moments such as establishing shot of Griffin
home point to this style and structure.
The show then uses satire to undermine a lot of these norms.
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TRADITIONAL SITCOM MUSICAL CUES
** Video of Family Guy Opening **
Orchestral music easing us in – a staple of Family sitcoms.
CUT SCENES
Rely on our popular culture knowledge to make meaning.
** Video clip of a Family Guy satire of Scooby Doo**
POPULAR CULTURE HISTORY
Rise of leisure time.
Emergence of popular culture – 17-19th century. Where did it come
from, what was it connected to, what allowed it to exist? Clearly some
key social changes.
Emergence of critical responses to popular culture.
oDistinguishing between folk, mass and elite culture, and their
relationship to popular culture as a whole.
Matthew Arnold – 19th Century Poet – thought popular culture was
debasing society, taking us away from ‘true culture’, empowering the
people to live a life different from the elite.
MASS CULTURE VS. FRANKFURT SCHOOL
Extension of Arnold’s approaches, via the Leavisites.
Mass culture worried about changing society and the lack of “culture”
to which people should aspire.
Popular culture, or mass culture, is attractive, appealing – takes people
away from ‘true’ culture.
Concerns on the impact of new technology on culture – atomization of
the individual as they moved towards cities, had a defined working day
and therefore more leisure time. Concerned that people were being
offered cheap forms of entertainment.
FRANKFURT SCHOOL
Inspired by Marxism.
Alarmed by rise of Facism in Europe.
Focused much more on culture industry.
Frankfurt school looks at the way those texts reflect or incorporate the
capitalist ideology of the industry that produces them.
** Keeps working class in its place by fooling them into thinking their
needs are met.
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